5:30am. You glance away from the clock and stare toward the window. The sun is beginning to come up. You had put your phone down an hour ago, but the restlessness in your body (and mind) are as strong as the coffee you contemplate making.
Hours before, as you were brushing your teeth and going through your nightly rituals, you noticed a persistent cramping on the side of your abdomen. Tired and exhausted, you quickly blamed it on the buffet dinner and (two!) platefuls of pasta, steak and pizza. You should have quit then, knowing the heart burn that usually results from a trip to Traditions Buffet & Cafe. But, of course, this was your weekly treat meal and a cone of chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream would ensure you got your monies worth. $7.99 was a lot to spend on just a slice of pizza and some noodles!
But, around 4am, when the cramping became severe enough to awaken you, the cold sweats you were experiencing convinced you there was more to it than an unhappy digestive system. Your heart was racing and, instinctively, you picked up your phone. As quickly as you could enter “side cramp cold sweats,” a slew of information appeared and sent your already pounding heart through your chest. “DIVERTICULITIS. POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE. GASTRITIS. GALLSTONES.” The words flashed across the screen like a death sentence, as your fingers scrambled to keep scrolling.
We’ve all been there. Maybe not to Traditions Buffet & Cafe, but at some time in our life, we’ve done a Google search, trying to identify a problem by learning more about our symptoms. Usually, the results send us into more of a panic and the unsettledness increases our discomfort. What if there was a way to EASE that discomfort? What if, instead of trying to identify and solve our own problems, we turned to the One who created us?
In Matthew 6:26, we learn “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” And in Philippians 4:6-7, we are told “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The next time you’re tempted to figure out a problem on your own, or turn to Google, turn to God instead.
Here are more readings to calm your worries:
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Luke 12:25
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid. Luke 12:7
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—He who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3
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